A full field of ten has been assembled for the third running of the $100,000 Michael Schaefer Mile Saturday at Hoosier Park.
Slated as the fourth race on the program, the event will be joined by the $70,000 Indiana Futurity, which is carded as the eighth race on the 11-race program.
Heading the list of entrants for the Schaefer Mile is MB Sea, who finished fourth in this year's Indiana Derby. Owned by Mike Bruder of Evansville, Ind., the son of Alphabet Soup has drawn post three for the event and will receive the services of jockey Jon Court, Hoosier Park's all-time leading rider.
MB Sea, who is trained by Hoosier Park's all-time stakes winning trainer Dale Romans, comes into the race off an allowance victory at Churchill Downs, his only start since the Indiana Derby.
Another horse with Indiana Derby experience is X Country, who competed in last year's event and finished fourth. Owned by George Maier, X Country comes back to Hoosier Park off a second place finish in the Fayette Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland. The 4-year-old son of Muhtafel was a winner two starts back in the $75,000 Fall Handicap at Mountaineer Park. Jack Fuchs trains X Country and Jeff Johnston will ride.
Twilight Road won the Ack Ack (gr. III) Oct. 27 in his most recent outing for owner Donamire Farm and trainer Paul McGee.$100,000 Michael Schaefer Mile, 3 & up
PP Horse (Rider)
1. Slider (J. Martinez Jr.)
2. Crafty Shaw (J. Lopez)
3. MB Sea (J. Court)
4. *Dirty Mike (A. Birzer)
5. *Strike Reality (A. Birzer)
6. Twilight Road (R. Douglas)
7. Virtual G (no rider)
8. X Country (J. Johnston)
9. Cool N Collective (D. Butler)
10. Regal Battle (R. Bejarano)
* Coupled entry